My aunty Lynda Gray is a Ts’msyen hana’ax (woman) from Lax Kw’alaams on the northwest coast of BC. She is the mother of Robin and Phil Gray, and an aunty and second mother to Christina, Darryl, and Katie as well. She resides in East Vancouver and part-time in Prince Rupert. She worked at the Urban Native Youth Association as Executive Director for eight years. She also has extensive experience working with Indigenous organizations. In 2011, she published the first edition of the national best-seller First Nations 101. While writing the second edition, she was also taking classes to learn the Ts’msyen language of Sm’alygax. She is passionate about Ts’msyen culture, language, and Indigenous issues.
Written by Christina Gray – niece
Which ‘hood are you in?
I was born in Prince Rupert BC, but I’ve lived in East Vancouver since I was a baby so I’m a proud East Van gal. I have also spent a lot of time in my homelands since I bought a house in Prince Rupert in 2013 so that my children and I can continue to (re)connect with our family, culture, language, and community.
What do you do?
I love doing community development work as it can help to empower a person, organization, and community to become stronger and more independent. I am also the author of the 2nd edition of First Nations 101, which has released on May 19, 2022, in both hard copy and e-book.
What are you currently working on?
I’m finally learning how to use social media so that I can help promote my new book, but it’s tough!
Now that the book is finished, I can get back to actively learning my ancestral language Sm’algyax.
I am working with the Vancouver Opera on Indigenous issues.
I’m always doing public and online presentations related to First Nations 101 and Indigenous issues in general.
I am working on a few small community development-focused contracts.
Where can we find your work?
You can check out www.firstnations101.com to purchase a copy of my new book from me, or to see the many places that sell it across the country. I am also currently creating videos for a First Nations 101 YouTube channel, podcasts to be released at the end of the year, and am learning to use Twitter. Follow me!
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